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Vocal Studies

UGA Vocal Studies

The voice area at UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music is a comprehensive program, supporting students in our various undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as the Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Whether you aspire to be a performer, conductor, educator, therapist, composer, or want to use your vocal training in another vocation, there’s a place for you here. Our internationally recognized faculty have a broad range of expertise, performing and teaching multiple genres and vocal styles.

Performance opportunities for singers at The Hugh go beyond required solo recitals and ensemble concerts. Undergraduates can participate in staged productions as a member of Opera Ensemble or by auditioning for musicals in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Voice students frequently collaborate with student composers, commissioning new works to be premiered and performed at UGA and beyond. Students are encouraged to think creatively and explore their own identities through performance of music of diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives.

Our faculty and curricula aim to nurture and the whole artist. In addition to rigorous training in singing, musicianship, acting, lyric diction, and professional studies with our acclaimed faculty, UGA students have access to world-class visiting artists. Among the artists who have given masterclasses for our students recently are Angela Brown, Eric Owens, Lea Salonga, Renée Fleming, Talise Trevigne, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.



Notable solo engagements have included the world premieres of Stephen Newby's Symphony: Let Thy Mercy Be Upon Us with the Seattle Symphony; Ja Jahannes and Steven Newby’s Montage for Martin with members of the Savannah Symphony; the Michigan premiere of David Baker’s Through This Vale of Tears with the…

Burchinal's career has taken him to the International opera houses of Paris, London, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Zurich, Palermo, San Paulo, Santiago, Seville, Caracas, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Seoul plus over 60 opera companies across the United States. At the University of Georgia, Burchinal fills the positions of professor…

Elizabeth, a mezzo soprano, is in demand as both a choral and solo artist. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as alto soloist in Handel's Messiah with Andrew Megill and the Masterwork Chorus. Recent appearances include the role of Madame de Croissy in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with Louisiana Opera and guest solo appearances…

Ms. Wright freelanced extensively in New York and worked with various regional theaters in the US until she moved to Germany in 1987. Her credentials include four years at the Oper der Stadt Köln under James Conlon, two years at the Semper Oper in Dresden under Giuseppe Sinopoli, and four years as a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera in New…

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